An Angel Here on Earth

By Tina Cameron

I have a friend that is truly an angel among us. Tisha is kind, sweet, caring, funny, and 20200201_081241has a big heart for people and dogs. Recently, God has had her in the right place at the right time on two separate occasions. The first occasion was as Tisha was out driving, she came across two dogs that were in the roadway in danger of being hit by passing cars. She stopped her car and rescued the dogs just as the owner was pulling up. The second incident was the next day as Tisha was driving to the hospital where we work as oncology nurses. As she was driving in the dark hours of the morning, she noticed a man riding his bicycle near her. In an instant, another driver hit this gentleman and took off without stopping to render air or return to the scene. Thank goodness Tisha was paying close attention and able to call 911 before stopping to help the injured man. He sustained a shoulder injury but will be okay.

IMG_0430Let me tell you a little about Tisha. She is 48 years old. She has been married for 27 years to Jamie, and they are blessed with two sons, Gavin and Grayson, and their two “children-in-love,” Matthew and Sarah-Grace. Tisha is also Mom to three fur babies-Bella, Brody, and Bailey.

Tisha has been a nurse for 9 years. She became a nurse because she has always enjoyed helping people and wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. When I asked Tisha what nursing meant to her she said, “For me, nursing has been interesting, challenging, and rewarding. Becoming an RN was a dream come true for me. I really believe that nursing is more than a career; it’s a calling and truly a way of life.” During her free time, Tisha’s favorite things to do are spending time with her family and her dogs, decorating her home, and taking naps and beach trips.

I have worked with Tisha for the past 5 ½ years. I am so happy to call her a friend and feel blessed that she is in my life. Tisha is an asset to our oncology unit, as well as our patients. She truly is an angel here on earth, and the world is a better place because she is in it.IMG_3308 (002)

Guardian Angels

By: Shannon Shull    

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Belief in guardian angels can be traced back to the beginning of time. The concept is clearly present in the bible. Mystics, Christians, Catholics, Jews, Pagans… I could go on and on. In almost every religion there is mention of guardian angels. Some Muslims believe we each have two guardian angels, one on each side of us. Guardian angels are said to be assigned to individuals to aid and protect. It’s really a matter of faith. Do we all have a guardian angel? Could such a lovely thing be real? There is no scientific evidence to prove that guardian angels exist. So for now, it is truly a matter of faith.

“The wisdom of the ages teaches that each individual, whether believer or not, good or bad, old or young, sick or well, rich or poor, has a personal guardian angel with him or her at every moment of life’s journey.” – Janice T. Connell

A dear friend of mine once told me that when we dream of those special and close to us that have passed, it’s their way of communicating with us. A lot of us have had those moments when we sense something special, whether smells, visions, or dreams of a loved one that has passed. In those moments, our brain tries to rationalize and say, “Oh, it’s just my mind playing tricks on me, that wasn’t real.” My friend told me to simply believe. If a loved one that has passed comes into our consciousness or dreams, take it seriously and allow yourself to believe that it really is them communicating with you, letting you know that they are ok. Sometimes they may even be sending us an important message. I choose to believe this because I’ve had all too many occasions in which a loved one has visited me in my dreams or in some other random, odd way. It always brings me such peace, not to mention happiness, at getting to see them again or have the memory of them alive in my thoughts.

I sometimes wonder if these special loved ones are my guardian angels. Or could there maybe be an assigned angel that is all mine? I will never know. But I do know that I have had so many moments in which I know for a fact that I should’ve gotten hurt or even worse, killed. You know those times when you’re driving and you have such a close call that you cannot fathom how you did not wreck? Moments when you think that by some miracle you magically escaped injury or worse? Or just simple moments when you slip but somehow mysteriously catch yourself and avoid getting hurt. Even those moments when you’re given the courage to face something in your life, do something brave, stand up for yourself, or take a leap of faith. Is there a guardian angel at our side guiding us along, giving us strength, and leading us into the direction we’re meant to go?

I don’t know and I’m quite certain I will never know for sure. But I do know that I choose to believe, to have faith that a guardian angel (or angels) is looking after me. I’m thankful for them. I’m thankful for those loved ones that have passed on, but are still in my heart, in my dreams and watching over me. Whatever the explanation may be, I will continue to have faith.

“Angels are principally the guardians of our spirits. Their function is not to do our work for us, but to help us do it ourselves, by God’s grace.” – Eileen Elias Freeman

“Ever felt an angel’s breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel’s favorite hiding place.” -Terri Guillemets